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Canning kept in hospital overnight with concussion but suffered no serious neck damage

The Galway star came off injured in the second half of their defeat to Limerick.

Joe Canning leaves the pitch in Croke Park.
Joe Canning leaves the pitch in Croke Park.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Updated Nov 29th 2020, 10:06 PM

GALWAY STAR JOE Canning has been kept in hospital overnight with concussion but suffered no serious damage to his neck in today’s All-Ireland semi-final, according to reports this evening from RTÉ.

Canning sustained the blow in an accidental collision with team-mate Joseph Cooney in the second half of the match against Limerick and there was a lengthy stoppage as he received treament before he was wheeled off the pitch in the company of medics.

RTÉ’s The Sunday Game have reported that Canning didn’t suffer damage to his neck. He has been kept in hospital overnight with concussion but “is doing well.”

His manager Shane O’Neill was unsure as to the condition of his forward when speaking immediately after the game to reporters.

“I don’t know, he’s in the medical room and I didn’t the get opportunity to check the situation yet,” stated O’Neill.

Canning struck 0-12 during the game, including four glorious scores from sideline cuts, but he was a loss to his team’s prospects as was the injury-enforced withdrawal earlier of team-mate Cathal Mannion.

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“Cathal was a loss, yeah, but when you look at the substitutes, they were fantastic when they came on, every single one of them,” said O’Neill.

“The 15 today, the five, the other six who didn’t get the gametime today and the boys at home, we’ve just been immensely proud of everything they’ve done over the last month or two, really.

“They’ve just been unbelievable for us and they’ve done Galway so proud. We’re not looking forward at the moment, we’ll just try and gather ourselves in the dressing-room.

“We were down maybe five at one stage but came back again, which is testament to the boys. They just dug it out and kept going and going. It was an epic battle between two ridiculously good sides.”

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